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Niche Finder

hands moving sand in colorful sandbox

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This session will introduce students to a range of ways that maps are involved in marine science. Students will be introduced to many types of maps – including an infrared sandbox that makes an interactive map as the sand is moved around. Then they’ll learn about where animals live in the ocean and play an online game with their favorite Florida species. Finally students will receive a link to our FWC Reporter app to report sightings of important animals and be a part of the mapping science team!

Learning Points

  1. What is a niche?
  2. How scientists use niche maps to protect and study animals.
  3. The importance of following the rules/regulations that scientists create from the maps.